Weakness and the Power of God


my son, and a beautiful woman . . .


This is my son, Daniel. He lives in a group home in California.  He is unable to talk, unable to walk, unable to care for even his most basic needs–he does not even swallow. I live a very long ways away. Yes, I miss him, very much.

He is able to attend Calvary church because caregivers take him and because the church welcomes and “makes room” for him. Caregivers change out frequently, and this past Sunday, the annual baptismal service, a beautiful woman I have never met accompanied him.

Here is the story I heard from my friend:

 I looked over and noticed the woman was crying during the service, obviously moved by the testimonies.   As they were baptizing an invitation went out for anyone else who wanted to be baptized to come forward.  Next thing I know Cheryl was leading the woman up to the baptism area.  I could hear her worrying about Daniel but Cheryl reassured her saying, “I will watch him”.  The pastors talked to the woman, she was supplied with shorts and a tee shirt, she gave a brief testimony and was baptized.

My son Daniel still lives in a group home.  He is still unable to talk, walk, or care for even his most basic needs. I still live a very long ways away. . . .

About Mark and Mary Esther Penner

Mark works as an adviser and resource to a Japanese Sign Language Bible translation project that plays a key role in the worldwide sign language Bible translation movement. Mary Esther founded a non-profit organization that partners with local communities and organizations to collect, refurbish and send wheelchairs throughout Asia.
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2 Responses to Weakness and the Power of God

  1. jhoulette says:

    Praise God. Daniel is always a vehicle of God’s grace.

    John Houlette, Director, Three Stream Ministries Cell: 080-9632-5420 Skype: johnhoulette Sent from my iPhone

  2. Lois Broughton says:

    One more crying here…. it´s wonderful to see a photo of dear Daniel and to read the depths of meaning behind each use of the word “still”; the whisper that follows is: “and know that I am God”. You are ever in my fondest thoughts and prayers.

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